Age is 52 years old and lives in a little town in northern Albania. For the past ten years, she has been selling used clothes and other new items, like socks, at lower prices. “I just earn a small income for myself. Thank God I make my own living,” Age said. Not only does she sell such items, but she also makes beautiful embroideries and sells them to gift stores and others upon request.
Age is applying for a loan to purchase items to resell. She is respected by people who have known her for a long time now. “She is such a loving lady who never says no in helping others. She is a good-natured person," said someone at the market.
About VisionFund Albania
VisionFund Albania is a micro-finance subsidiary of child hunger nonprofit World Vision International. Striving to improve child welfare, the organization offers a variety of loan products designed for rural, traditionally underserved clients and their families. These products include agriculture, business and household improvement loans, as well as "integration loans" targeted to help the poorest, most vulnerable Albanian households acquire value chain resources.
While VFA is focused on the empowerment of the poor overall, it pays special attention to women. About 60% of loans to entrepreneurs on Kiva go to women.